SEASONAL: February – November

IDAHO BACKCOUNTRY LODGING and MEALS PACKAGES for FLY-IN GROUPS add a layer of adventure to your backcountry stay.   You fly-in to our private airstrip and enjoy the amenities of things to see and do in this wilderness location….

Together, we coordinate, plan and craft your groups exclusive stay with fresh cooked meals in our main lodge along with cozy, rustic accommodations for your overnight stay. Spend quiet time on the beach, soaking in some warm sunshine and swimming, take a morning hike up the South Fork Canyon, spoil yourself with a good book and a nap before dinner.

Fun activities can be added to your package, if scheduled in advance, such as fishing and an adventure packed historical jet boat ride.

At nightfall,  starry skies and the soft lull of the river flowing by, offer the perfect backdrop for the warm, cozy camp fire, roasted marshmallows, your favorite beverages and the tales that are shared among you.

Whats included in the fly-in Package:

  • Use of Mackay Bar’s private 2000′ airstrip is included
  • Lodging and meals included
  • 10AM Checkin (MST) on day or arrival and 9AM checkout on day of departure
  • Lunch and dinner included on day of arrival
  • Breakfast included on day of departure
  • 2 night minimum and at least 6 people are required to host your group stay
  • Fly in with your own private plane or be flown in from one of Idaho’s back country charter companies
  • Activities can be added to your package (jet boat rides, fishing) for an additional cost
  • Accommodation include 3 cabins, 4 private rooms, 1  – two bedroom River Suite, and 2 deluxe wall tents – enough to host 23-34 guests depending on time of year and your group makeup

Sample Itinerary for 3 Night stay

10 AM : Checkin time at Mackay Bar Ranch! Land your own private backcountry plane or chartered plane on our private 2000′ dirt runway 
12 PM : Once you have been settled into your lodging accommodations, we will serve lunch at Mackay Bar Lodge or on the patio overlooking the river
1 PM: After a full belly, take a hike up the South Fork Canyon or rest on the beach in front of the Lodge
6 PM : Your group will meet back at Mackay Bar’s riverfront Lodge for dinner and drinks
8 PM : Meet on the beach for bonfire and smores!  

7 AM : Jump in your plane and explore Idaho’s backcountry stopping at many of the public backcountry airstrips in the Frank Church Wilderness!
9 AM : Breakfast back at Mackay Bar Lodge . . . rehash fish stories and tales along the trail!
11 AM : Jet Boat and white water adventure! Load the boats and head another 26 miles upriver for a full day jet boat tour. We will stop along the way for a sack lunch, ice cream at Buckskin Bills Museum, historical reminiscing at Painter Mine over days gone by, take a quick hike up to Campbell’s Ferry and numerous more sites that provide conversation and great memories (All guided activities are in addition to the cost of this package)
6 PM : Your group will meet back at Mackay Bar’s riverfront Lodge for dinner and drinks. 
8 PM : Meet on the beach for bonfire and smores!

9 AM : Breakfast at Mackay Bar Lodge after a quick backcountry flight in your private plane
10 AM: Pack your hiking shoes, grab a fishing pole, cameras and sunscreen! Your guides will take you on a hike up the South Fork of the Salmon or one of the many Salmon River hiking trails to sites you don’t get to see along the river corridor! Clear creeks, blue skys, rocky outcroppings, and wildlife sightings make today an unforgettable get together! (All guided activities are in additional to the cost of this package).
4 PM: Relax on the beach, in the hammock or your private accommodations for some down time. 
6 PM: Dinner at Mackay Bar Lodge – enjoy conversation, memories, laughs and drinks with the ones you love! 

8 AM : Breakfast at Mackay Bar Lodge
9 AM : Checkout from the Ranch but continue your adventure in flight around Idaho’s backcountry!


Plan Your Trip: 

Guests can land right at Mackay Bar Ranch. Please refer to the items below, depending on if you will be arriving in your own plane or if you will charter a plane:

A great local town to overnight pre and post to your stay is McCall, Idaho. Enjoy their many lakes, boutiques, spas, hot springs, and forest trails. 


Guest Cabins

Mackay Bar Ranch hosts three private guest cabins: Bear, Bugle and Elkhorn cabin all sleep 2-5 guests each. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower. One queen bed and one single are on the main floor along with two single beds in the loft.

Guest Rooms

Mackay Bar has four private guest rooms: Flossie Lake, Sheepeater Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Fish Lake rooms, all sleep 2 guests each and have their own private bathroom with shower. Three rooms have two twin beds each and one room has a queen bed. These rooms are conveniently located next to the lodge on the lower level of the Cougar Den.

River Suite

Mackay Bar’s newest addition to their collection of guest accommodations is the newly renovated Cougar Den River Suite. This suite sleeps 2-6 guests and is perched above the rest of the ranch, with a birds eye view of the river and grounds. The Cougar Den has two bedrooms  – each with one queen and one single bed. A sitting area, front porch and full bathroom makes the Cougar Den River Suite the place to hang!

Haley Nord Photography

Deluxe Wall Tents

Sitting at the Rivers edge, two seasonal deluxe wall tents offer glamping accommodations unparalleled to any other on the river. The Steelhead Suite sleeps 2 with one queen bed. The Wolf Den sleeps 3 with one queen and one single bed. Guests can utilize the outhouse nearby. Outdoor showers and indoor lodge bathrooms can also accommodate those staying in the wall tents.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Groups at Mackay Bar Ranch:

Due to limited satellite internet in Idaho’s backcountry, internet can be added to your reservations in advance, at an additional price. A WiFi phone is available for brief phone calls, by request (at no additional cost).

We often have beach bonfires, however, if the weather conditions are dry and hot, fire restrictions may not allow us to have a beach bonfire as it would not be safe.

Additional costs would include staff gratuities and alcohol or any specialty drinks. A limited selection of wine is available for purchase at the ranch. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks.  

Mackay Bar highly recommends lifeflight if traveling anywhere remote. In case of emergencies, the Ranch office does have spot emergency devices and internet capabilities to immediately call out and request life flight. For less serious injuries, an emergency boat ride can be made.

All meals at Mackay Bar are planned well in advance for each group. At the time of booking, please make us aware of any special requests you may have and we will discuss your options at that time.  

24/7 power is supplied by a hydro system. Supplemental power is provided by generators when needed (so items such as blow dryers and curling irons can only be ran when the generator is going).  All rooms have indoor plumbing. Fishing poles, beach chairs, and yard games are available to guests.   

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